Help With Stronger Lines in Dance

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When it comes to lines in dance, a few specific tricks can help make your technique stronger. Get help with stronger lines in dance with help from a former Radio City Rockette and Broadway performer in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Emily Loftiss, a former Radio City Rockette, and professional dancer here in New York City. The question is, “How can I improve my lines in dance?” Well, I judge dance competitions internationally and all over the U.S., and this is the number one thing I talk about. This is for you teachers and you students. The first thing you need to think about is having your chest up. Any time you dance, if you have your shoulders over, that’s just not conveying confidence. You need to have your shoulders back, pressed down, and when you hit your first position, like just a regular Arabesque, shoulders need to be down, down. And, you’re always peering past your hand. You’re not looking right here in the room, you’re looking three stories over, three avenues over. You’re talking to people in another state. So, you want to peer past your hands, and you really want to strengthen your elbows and strengthen your knees – it’s all about straightening them. That will really give the line that you are pushing forward, pushing all your energy out. Even when you’re doing something simple like a Lame Duck, if it’s underneath yourself, if your chest isn’t pulled up, and you’re not straightening your elbows and straightening your knees, it’s not going to come across as impressive. You want everything to come out of your body. So, strengthen, press, straighten, straighten, straighten, energy out, and that is how you improve your lines. If you have any other questions, please check me out at, and my blog, Loftiss Says.


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